House Museums of Georgia

Old Houses, Buildings and other Structures


Georgia (U.S. state) – wiki entry

Official Georgia Tourism and Travel Website


This page is a list of house museums located throughout the US State of Georgia. As I find out about more museums, their websites & locations, I add them to the list.

Last Edited : 11/19/2016


Athens

Church-Waddell-Brumby House  –  Circa 1820

This house is now the City of Athens Welcome Center. Last I was there, it was free to view and it is also a good place to find out about other things to see and do in the area.

Taylor-Grady House  –  Circa 1844

Greek revival mansion.

T.R.R. Cobb House  –  Circa 1834, renovated with the octagonal wings by 1852

If you were a kid/teenager in DeKalb County, Georgia in the 1980’s and 90’s… and ever spent any time at Stone Mountain Park, you may have seen this old house sitting sadly back in the trees near the entrance of the old Plantation buildings / General Store, behind the Inn. For years and years there was a sign that stated it was going to be restored, but it never was. Somehow the City of Athens got it back and it’s fixed up as a house museum now. When I went to visit this house, I had no idea it was the same place… it is a very interesting house.

Lyndon-Ware House (Lyndon Arts Center)  –  Circa 1840s, late Greek Revival home with Italianate influence.

This old house museum has an art center built off of the back. So, you go into the art center, then into the old house.

A webpage of other things to do in Athens

 

Atlanta

At the Atlanta History Center there are two historic houses, the Swan House and the Smith Family Farm(Tullie Smith House), as well as a log cabin out back of the Smith farm in addition to other farm related out buildings. There is a nice walk around the property with a Garden… and the inside of the History Center itself has all sorts of things in it, related to Atlanta. If you are a Civil War buff, there is a huge civil war section with all sorts of things in it, weapons, cannons, uniforms, etc.. You can spend all day here if you want to, as there is a lot to see.

Swan House – built in 1928, elegant, classically styled mansion.

Tullie Smith House – plantation plain house built in the 1840’s.

The house and separate open-hearth kitchen are now surrounded by a dairy, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, double corncrib, slave cabin, and barn, as well as traditional vegetable, herb, field, flower, and slave gardens. Costumed interpreters lead tours of the house and perform activities typical of nineteenth-century rural Georgia during special programs.

Rhodes Hall – built in 1904 by the Rhodes Furniture founder Amos Rhodes.

There are two tours, one for the first floor only, which is the fancy part of the house and another tour which includes the rest of the house which houses offices for the The Georgia Trust, which is also responsible for the Hay House in Macon, Georgia(also on this list). If you really like to visit the ‘nooks and crannies’ of a place, that full house tour is the one to take. Visit the website of the Georgia Trust(linked above) for a list of even more ‘historic sites’ in Georgia.

Herndon Home – built 1910

This house was built by the first black millionaire in America, Alonzo Franklin Herndon.

The Wren’s Nest  –  Queen Anne Victorian home, one of the last remaining in Atlanta. This was the home of Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 until 1908 and is the reason it is a museum.

Margaret Mitchell House  –  Built in 1899 by Cornelius J. Sheehan, the single-family home on fashionable Peachtree Street was converted into a ten-unit apartment building in 1919.

Author Margaret Mitchell and her husband, John Marsh, moved into Apartment No.1 in 1925, when the building was known as the Crescent Apartments. This is the room where she wrote her novel : Gone With The Wind.

Augusta

1797 Ezekiel Harris House

a early example of Federal style architecture.

Operated by the Augusta Museum of History.

Meadow Garden

1790-1804 house.
Home of George Walton, one of the three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Thomson(near Augusta)

Old Rock House – is a historic garrison house in Thomson, Georgia. The fortified stone house was built in 1784 by Thomas Ansley. The house was purportedly the home to the ancestors of former president Jimmy Carter. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. I’m not sure about visiting this place tho’, I found out about it while looking up something else.

 Hickory Hill  –  early 1900’s, not sure on original year of construction

Cartersville

Rose Lawn   –  began as a small, one-story structure designed and built by local merchant Nelson Gilreath in the 1860s. The attic was converted to bedrooms about 1872, and, following Sam Jones’s purchase of the property in the early 1880s, a two-story wing was added to the rear of the house. The name comes from the original appearance of the yard, as the lady of the house had lots and lots of rose bushes around the house.

       This place is neat to visit… and very much a ‘rambling’ house.

Decatur

DeKalb History Center

Housed in the 1898 Neoclassical style(renovated in 1918 after a fire) courthouse made of granite. Used as a county courthouse until 1967.

Benjamin Swanton House – circa 1825

The Biffle Cabin – built between 1825 & 1840

The Thomas-Barber Cabin – built in the 1830’s.

Waffle House Museum – In nearby/next door Avondale Estates / only open sometimes… check site for details.

Yeah, o.k., so it isn’t a house… but it is the location of the 1st ever Waffle House!
I love me a patty melt… hmnn.

Jonesboro

Stately Oaks – circa 1839

Greek Revival, plantation home

Juliette

The Town of Juliette, Georgia

Made famous as the location for the film : Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

The café and the rest of the street in town is there. The dam they walk across in the film is nearby.

NOTE : The main Threadgoode home in the film is a private home in Senoia, Georgia, so you won’t find it here.

Jarrell Plantation

1847-1974 – Jarrell family lived on this place… several homes, outbuildings, and a sawmill/cotton/gin/syrup mill. If you like to visit old buildings, this is really something to see.

LaGrange

Bellevue – Greek Revival Mansion built 1853 to 1855

Hills & Dales Estate

Home of the Historic Ferrell Gardens. Created by Sarah Coleman Ferrell (1817-1903), the formal boxwood garden is among the best preserved 19th century gardens in the Southeastern United States. Since 1912, the extraordinary gardens have been tended and cherished by the Fuller E. Callaway family.

The centerpiece of Hills & Dales Estate is a beautiful Georgian Italian villa, designed by the noted Atlanta architectural firm of Hentz & Reid in 1914. The home features classically inspired architecture and remarkable craftsmanship.

Lumpkin

Westville – a village of over 30 buildings. Set up as an interpretation of pre-1860 West Georgia. The website does not do this place justice. It is a collection of old buildings of all sorts, laid out like an old town. It is a really amazing place to visit if you like old stuff. On the site there is a list of other things to do and see, if you are in the area.

Nearby is Providence Canyon, a really big, but very pretty, ditch. It was caused by poor farming practices back in the 1800’s. It is a very interesting place to see tho’. I mention here, simply because it is nearby.

Macon

Hay House – built 1855-1859 – Italian Renaissance Revival

18,000 sq. ft. mansion. It was essentially built so large to display the art collection they acquired while on honeymoon in Europe.

The Woodruff House (at Mercer University)  –  Circa 1836 Greek Revival

wikipedia – article about the house – link

Originally known as Overlook, built for Jerry Cowles. Used for special events for the school and is only open to tour by appointment.

988 Bond St
Macon, GA 31201

The Big House

If you have ever read anything about the history of The Allman Brothers Band, then you have probably seen this house mentioned a time or two.

band entry on wikipedia

band entry on allmusic.com

Madison

lots of old houses in the town…

entry 2

entry 3

Marietta

Brumby Hall & Gardens – Circa 1851

Brumby Hall & Gardens features 5 rooms and a solarium furnished with antiques and period furniture. It sits on 2 acres of elegant English gardens, including the Topiary, Boxwood, Rose, Perennial and Knot Gardens.

I do not have a specific website available, I found out about this home by visiting the Marietta welcome center, which is in the old train depot, near the Root House.

If you go to visit, go into the big parking lot at the Marietta Conference Center and Resort.

500 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 427-2500

Root House  –  Circa 1845

This is kind of a rare house, as it is a simple frame house from the period of a middle class merchant. Most really old houses belonged to the rich folks.

Another entry about the Root House, with photos

Here are some other interesting things to get into in and around the Square, so stop in and check it out if you are in the area.

Fire Station No. 1 – has a museum with a restored steam engine pump, among other fire fighting equipment.

Australian Bakery Cafe – good eats on the square!

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – has a very interesting museum, plus you can walk trails, walk up the mountain, etc.. Good luck on finding parking tho’, as the locals use it as a work out spot.

Marietta Museum of History – in the Kennesaw Building, near the welcome center/train depot. It has a large firearm collection from the war of 1812 or so, through the civil war and up until the 1st Persian Gulf war. There is also a separate lot nearby where they have static displays of various old aircraft.

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History

Nearby in Kennesaw, houses a old steam locomotive known as The General, which was stolen by Yankee soldiers during the Civil War in what became known as ‘The Great Locomotive Chase’. The Marietta museum(mentioned above) is housed in the building where they stayed the night before they stole the train, and the room they used is decorated up in old period furniture.

There is also a huge section of old machine tools from a nearby local factory that once produced smaller steam locomotives.

Monroe

McDaniel-Tichenor House – originally built 1887

Built for retiring Governor Henry McDaniel in the Victorian Italianate Villa style.
Extensively remodeled in the 1930’s and remade in the Neoclassical style and updated with modern amenities.

William Harris Homestead – log house circa 1825

Mountain City

Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center.

Home of the Foxfire series of books about old mountain living methods and ways.
At the headquarters there are several authentic log cabins, a barn, shops and some replica buildings built using the old methods and materials in Mountain City, Georgia.

The website does not really give you an idea of everything there is to see there, but it is worth a visit! A lot of the buildings or items they have are cataloged in the Foxfire books.

Milledgeville

Stetson-Sanford House  –  Circa 1825, Federal-style

Two entries about the house:

http://www.georgiahistory.com/markers/47

                              http://www.oldcapitalmuseum.org/index.php/stetson-sanford-house/

This home is available to tour as part of a Trolley tour in the town.

Old Governor’s Mansion

Completed in 1839, High Greek Revival architecture. Served as the residence of the Governor for over 30 years.

Lockerly Arboretum  –  the house is Circa 1852

Lockerly Arboretum Foundation has served the Milledgeville and Middle Georgia community for over forty years as a public garden and educational resource.

This place has absolutely beautiful grounds that you can walk around. It is planted with all sorts of trees, bushes and flowers. The day I was there the house was closed, but we did walk the grounds.

Andalusia -circa 1850s white, two story Plantation Plain style structure with a red metal roof.

Home of writer Flannery O’Connor from 1951 until her death in 1964.

The house still needs a lot of work, as well as many of the outbuildings… but it is a neat place to visit if you are in Milledgville. This is actually a little bit outside of town, but it isn’t very far as I recall. You can read about it’s history on the website there.

Newnan

 

The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society operates a a few museums in town. You can click on the URL ^^^ there and find out more about what exhibits they have going on, where.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum, which is an old house, that they also use to showcase various exhibits, from art to other historical goings on from the city/county.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

McRitchie-Hollis Museum  (house, circa 1937)
74 Jackson Street
Newnan, GA 30263

 

Male Academy Museum
30 Temple Avenue
Newnan, GA 30263

 

The Train Depot
60 East Broad Street
Newnan, Georgia 30263

The 1904 Classic Revival Courthouse anchors the town square. Its dome rises 100 feet above street level, and a four-face clock in the tower chimes the hour. The dome is covered with copper to match the cornice, pediments and railings.

If you have ever read the book or the movie; Murder in Coweta County, the trial for the accused took place here(at least that is what they told me).

 The Coweta County Visitors Center is now located in the 1904 Historic Courthouse (enter on the Eastside of the square).

Dunaway Gardens

Rome

Chieftains – two story house built in 1792 in what was then Cherokee country.

entry on wikipedia

entry on Roadside Georgia

Oak Hill & the Martha Berry Museum at Berry College

current house, built in 1884
Greek Revival Mansion

entry on wikipedia

Editors Personal Note : Berry College is the largest college campus in the world. If you get the chance to visit, there are several interesting chapels and a huge over shot water wheel to see, amongst some of the prettiest bits of nature in Georgia.

Roswell

These three homes are owned by the City of Roswell. You can visit each one or buy a pass to visit all three at each home or at the Roswell Vistor Center. There is also the Old Mill Park which is fun to walk around in to see the old buildings and ruins.

Barrington Hall – complete 1842

Bulloch Hall – circa 1839

Archibald Smith Plantation  – circa 1845

There is the house itself, the grounds, a few outbuildings which are sometimes open. There is a spring house in the side of the hill and the grounds are nice to walk around.

Next door is the Roswell City Hall and the Faces of War, Vietnam memorial. The bricks around the memorial are paved with inscriptions of men and women from the area who have served in all other wars.

Visit my Roswell, Georgia page here, to see some random photos I have taken when visiting the area.

Savannah

Wayne-Gordon House – completed 1821

Constructed for Savannah Mayor James Moore Wayne(1790-1867)
Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low(1860-1927), founder of Girls Scouts of the USA.

Andrew Low House  – 1848

father in law of the aforementioned Juliette Gordon Low, this is where she passed away.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

house circa 1850s, they believe.

entry on Georgia Encyclopedia

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park

The 19 building Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard is a collection of original buildings from around the State of Georgia, built between 1783 and 1875. Each structure was moved from its original site and carefully restored to preserve its authenticity and historical value.

Thomasville

Susina Plantation – circa 1841

This is a private residence, but you can click on the link above and check it out on line, as it has it’s own website!

entry on wikipedia

Lapham-Patterson House – built 1884-1885

Pebble Hill Plantation – current house built 1934

gardens, main house tour(with an art gallery) and more.

Toccoa

Travelers Rest – built around 1815

I found out about this place after being up in the North West Georgia mountains one day. I’d never heard of it before, but I found a mention of it in brochure somewhere in the area. Unfortunately it was closed the day we went by, but we did get to walk around the grounds. It is a large building with several outbuildings.

There are several articles and collections of photos of the place on line.

Waleska

Funk Heritage Center @ Reinhardt College

This is not a house museum, however, they do have several old cabins and outbuildings on the property out back of the museum at The Appalachian Settlement. Don’t go if it’s raining, the area around the old buildings is very mushy when wet!

At different times of the year, they have various events with demonstrations, etc..

The Heritage Center itself is very interesting as well, especially the Sellars Gallery of Historic Hand Tools.

Washington

Robert Toombs House – circa 1794

later renovated after 1837 and again after the Civil War.

entry on wikipedia

Washington-Wilkes Museum – circa 1835

built as a traditional two over two, salt box style house.

Callaway Plantation – main house completed circa 1860

several replica or preserved out buildings.

a 1790 house, a 1871 school house, some cabins and a general store.

entry on wikipedia


Additional information, lists:

wikipedia : a list of Plantations in Georgia

Some of the homes listed on the wiki article above are private homes. Please respect the owners property rights and privacy.

Georgia Historical Museums

wikipedia : a list of museums in Georgia


Old Houses, Buildings and other Structures

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